Certified Pedorthic Practitioner

About Certified Pedorthic Practitioners


Since the foot can be the root of many foot related injuries and illness, it is important to wear the right kind of footwear. A certified pedorthic practitioner advises on the right kind of footwear that be comfortable and prevent the onset of any foot-related diseases.

A pedorthist:

  • Provides specialized footwear for overall health of the feet.
  • Provides a suitable type and material for footwear for various types of activities.
  • Does custom modification to footwear to treat a specific problem.
  • Limits the effects of many diseases like diabetes, stroke and arthritis.
  • Improves the body’s balance and stability.

What Is a Certified Pedorthic Practitioners?


A certified pedorthic practitioner or pedorthist is a medical professional who specializes in the manufacture, design and modification of footwear, orthoses and supportive products in order to address problems which affect the lower limbs and feet.

In this manner, he or she can help treat painful conditions that cause foot anomalies or restrict the movement of the lower limb.

A pedorthist often works with a podiatrist, a physician who specializes in the treatment of foot related issues. The podiatrist recommends a pedorthist to the patient, giving the pedorthist information about the condition of the patient, so that the certified pedorthic practitioner can address the needs of the patient.

Apart from podiatrists, pedorthists also work with physical therapists and sports coaches.

Common Questions


Orthotic shoes are an investment in the health of your feet. Even though you may not currently have a foot ailment, orthotics can be a great preventative measure. If you are currently suffering from a foot-related injury or illness, orthotics are an integral part of managing your condition.

A pedorthist is a specialist who makes personalized shoes or orthotics that can prevent you from foot-related problems. A podiatrist is a foot doctor who diagnoses problems of the foot and even performs surgery if required. The podiatrist may suggest the services of a certified pedorthic practitioner to a patient.

Foot surgery and recovery is a costly affair, so it is always better to seek treatment at the onset of any discomfort by visiting a certified pedorthic practitioner. By heeding the advice of your pedorthist, you will be saving a lot of money on hospitalization and surgery. Many health insurance providers recognize the benefits of preventing foot related problems and offer benefits.

It is important that shoes match the shape of the feet very well. Depending on the diagnosis of the podiatrist, the pedorthist determines the material for the shoes to be worn. When a pedorthist evaluates the length of the shoe, he sees to it that there is a thumb’s width between the front of the shoe and end of the longest toe. A shoe needed for therapeutic purposes should also have extra strength and depth.

Coverage Options


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A certified pedorthic practitioner or pedorthist is a medical professional who specializes in the manufacture, design and modification of footwear, orthoses and supportive products to address problems of the lower limbs and feet.

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